With the 2012 NBA Draft less than a month away, the trade rumor mill is heating up.

ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers offered their four picks in this year's draft to the New Orleans Hornets for the No. 1 overall pick and a shot at Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis.

The Cavaliers own two first-round picks (No.4 and No. 22) and two second-round picks (No. 33 and No. 34) in June 28ths draft.

The Hornets rejected the deal.


After losing superstar LeBron James to Miami, Cleveland won last years NBA lottery and drafted Duke G Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick.

Irving, who won NBA Rookie of the Year this season, and Davis would be a perfect inside-outside combination.

With Davis being the next Bill Russell, its no wonder Hornets GM Dell Demps rejected the offer.

Two players in the 2012 NBA Finals have been No.4 overall picks in Heat F Chris Bosh in 2003 and Thunder G Russell Westbrook in 2008..

In that same draft, Thunder F/C Serge Ibaka was selected No. 24 overall by the Seattle Supersonics.

Still, the Hornets made a very wise decision in rejecting this proposal as for every Russell Westbrook comes a Shaun Livingston (No.4 in 2004).

The 6'11, 220-pound Davis looks to make an immediate impact in the NBA on the defensive end, while his offensive game still needs some polishing.

The 2012 NBA Draft will be three days after a possible NBA Finals Game 7 Thursday, June 28th.



Pete Giordano is the producer of "The Sportsbash," e-mail him: 973espn@gmail.com